Chuck Key Holder for my Drill Press

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-14-2014 09:52 PM 4138 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little project I have had in the works ever since I got the drill press in the barn. I like to have a place for everything- especially the chuck key because it is small can can get lost so easily. I started with a piece of a scrap sign material ( mahogany over poplar core) and cut out my blank. Then I drilled and counterbored the screw holes for the cap. I cut the cap off, rough cut the hole and then used the spindle sander to round it about 2.340 to fit the drill press post. I added a shot of my quickie router holder for small parts .
It is finished with clear matte spray.

Here are two other additions to that old Craftsman drill press that they through out at the high school because of damage and missing parts:
Quick nut down stop:

And the quill lock. I tapped a hole in the casting for the lock screw:

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-14-2014 10:25 PM

simple and effective, looks great

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 10:27 PM

Ever the practical answer Jim, I can see a few guys coping this one
I’m lucky with mine as it has a cast ring with a hole for the key
cheers mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 10:34 PM

Keeping the old machines running and organized! Nicely done, Jim!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 08-14-2014 10:51 PM

It is much prettier than the magnet i use.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 08-14-2014 10:54 PM

That key holder is a whole lot fancier than my rare earth magnet. Nice job keeping the drill press functional.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 08-15-2014 12:57 AM

thats a slick idea jim, and of course we want them to look as good as we can…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 02:06 AM

Nice job. Looking at the first pic, I thought, man that was a lot of work to slide that on. ha

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#8 posted 08-15-2014 03:42 AM

Very Practical!! Nothing worse than running around looking for a lost Chuck Key. I am forever putting things down and not knowing where I put them.

Really great idea Jim, nice easy reach too.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#9 posted 08-15-2014 10:34 AM

Great solution for one of those things that always seem to go missing.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 08-15-2014 12:29 PM

Nice one Jim! I guess not all of um come with a key holder :)

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#11 posted 08-15-2014 04:56 PM

That works ,good thinking !

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#12 posted 08-16-2014 01:19 AM

COOL thinking!!

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#13 posted 08-16-2014 02:16 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I would lose it if I did not have a place for it. I misplaced every time I used that drill press out there…............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 08-16-2014 03:41 PM

Jim, a great solution to a common problem of misplaced keys.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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